The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda’s political bureau, today, 17th December 2016, nominated Dr.Frank Habineza, the party leader as its flag bearer in the upcoming presidential elections planned for 3rd and 4th August 2017.
This decision was arrived at after numerous deliberations within the party’s political bureau, commenced on 5th March 2016. The official confirmation of the presidential candidate will be done by the party’s congress, which will be organised before end of March 2017.
The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda was officially launched on 14th August 2009 as an opposition party. It got official registration on 9th August 2013 and its Status were published in the official gazette of the Republic of Rwanda on 4th August 2014.
Frank Habineza is the founder and chairman of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, a political party formed in August 2009 in Rwanda. In its first year, the party made six unsuccessful attempts to register.
Habineza was born in Mityana in Uganda in 1977. He attended the National University of Rwanda from 1999 to 2004, graduating in Political and Administrative Sciences with a major in Public Administration. While at University he started a student association campaigning for environment protection. He later became a personal assistant to the Minister of Lands, Environment, Water, Forestry and Mines, Drocella Mugorewera. He was the official correspondent of Rwanda Newsline and UMUSESO while he was a student in Butare. He also worked for the former Rwanda Herald Newspaper, whose publisher Asuman Bikika was declared ‘persona non grata’ in mid-2002
Habineza was for three years (2006–2009), National Coordinator for the Nile Basin Discourse Forum in Rwanda (NBDF), a civil society platform that had over 50 NGOs involved in the conservation of river Nile. He resigned in May 2009. He was also President of the Rwanda NGOs Forum on Water, Sanitation and Environment-RWASEF and founder Chairman for the Rwandan Environment Conservation Organisation (RECOR). He resigned from all the NGOs when he joined active opposition politics.
In June 2010 these two organizations distanced themselves from him after a report alleged that donor funds had been diverted for political purposes. The report, issued by the Ministry of Local Government, named Habineza as one of the people behind “briefcase” NGO’s that fleece donors, and named five NGOs as vehicles used by him to obtain funding for political activities.
In July 2010 the vice-president of the DGP, Andre Kagwa Rwisereka, was found dead near a wetland in Butare with his head cut off. He had been repeatedly stabbed. Habineza was among opposition leaders who called for an independent international investigation into the murder, which may have had a political motivation.